Parastou Forouhar | the artist
The artist Parastou Forouhar
Born 1962, Teheran, Iran.
Lives and works in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.
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The Iranian artist Parastou Forouhar, who lives in Germany, reflects critically on the mechanisms at work in exhibitions and constructs of the Other: when works by an Iranian artist are shown, then certain expectations are instantly raised. The chador and the veil, beard and turban are signs of visual representation of the Arabic the mass media shows us these images day in, day out. Parastou Forouhar only seemingly meets these expectations, playing with them instead. She does not show the Western gaze the Oriental, but turns the Western gaze on the Oriental into her central theme namely, the patterns which are brought to bear when constructing the Orient. The artist observes, so to say, how we observe… artist's website
Sensitized for the hidden mechanisms of gradual political conformity and intolerance, Parastou Forouhar always stands on the side of those, who engage themselves for the respect of the rights of man, the ostracism of tyranny, and the strengthening of civilian society. She is not afraid to tell her personal story in the context of art or to exploit the public forum to which she, as an artist, has access in order to publicize the murder of her parents that was commissioned by the Iranian secret service…
Interview with Parastou Forouhar
The politically motivated murder of her parents left a deep mark on Parastou Forouhars art. In her conceptual works, the Iranian artist, whose works are part of the Deutsche Bank Collection, addresses the fraught relationship between a repressive system and the human desire for freedom. Brigitte Werneburg met with Parastou Forouhar in Frankfurt…